West Laurens High School remembers Demaryius Thomas
When people who knew Demaryius Thomas talk about him, they don't talk about his 9,000 receiving yards or his Super Bowl ring. They talk about the person he was.
He was 33.
After Thomas graduated from West Laurens, he went on the play college football at Georgia Tech. He was later drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft and won a Super Bowl in 2016.
When people who knew Demaryius Thomas talk about him, they don’t talk about his 9,000 receiving yards or his Super Bowl ring. They talk about the person he was.
Thomas’ former teacher and family friend Dr. Dewana Kemp, who is now principal at West Laurens High School, says Thomas was kind to everyone.
“Everybody loved him,” she said. “Even when he went off to the NFL, he was still ‘Bay Bay’ to us. He would come home, he would go to the elementary schools, sign autographs for little kids. He was just a good kid who grew up to be a great young man.”
Thomas often held local camps and helped in the community. When asked about why Thomas always came back to the community, his former position coach and current district Athletic Director Jeff Clayton said that’s just the person he was.
Plans to honor Thomas are still being discussed. Retiring his football jersey is a part of that discussion.
Thomas would have been 34 on Christmas Day.
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